In a Harlem flat, Ethel (Ethel Waters) works night & day feeding & cleaning up after her loafter of a husband & his exceedingly numerous useless relatives who've taken over the place without ever helping, treating her as their personal maid.
Bubbling Over (1934) is a short "soundie," such as were the music videos of their day. Many a soundie featured all-black casts, with slim stories concocted, on which to hang a number of songs.
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Music Bubbling Over
The basic plot is that Ethel Waters does all the work in the building while her janitor husband and 8 or 9 of his relatives sleep their lives away. And, more keep coming - a vocal quartet, the Southernaires get to stay long enough to sing a song, before Waters kicks them out. A phony medium tells her that the husband's rich uncle is on his way, so they all get gussied up to await him. During this action Waters sings three good songs. When the uncle - evidently a phony, maybe in cahoots with the medium - shows up, everything from suspenders to the roast chicken disappear. The lights are put out to pray to the Lord - and after the song is over and the lights go on, everyone is standing there in their underwear, while the chicken leaves with the medium. The story is ridiculous, the stereotypes are vaguely amusing and its all about Ethel Waters.